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Legal news from Monday, September 3, 2007
by Caitlin Price

A Cambodian cabinet minister has said that the Cambodian government could "terminate" the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) if it "illegally" attempts to charge former King Norodom Sihanouk with crimes committed during the Communist Khmer Rouge's control of Democratic Kampuchea from 1975-79, according …

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by Caitlin Price

Death sentences handed down by Chinese courts were at a ten-year low in 2006 and the trend continues in 2007, according to a Chinese Supreme Court justice quoted by state media Monday. In response to wrongful convictions and international criticism, China implemented reforms at the beginning of this year requiring that all death sentences …

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by Caitlin Price

A Pakistani lawyers group Sunday announced a campaign to defeat an expected reelection bid by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. Speaking at a conference of the National Action Committee in Islamabad, Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association president Munir Malik outlined the group's goal to secure Musharraf's resignation and to restore the 1973 Constitution. Protest rallies set for …

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by Joshua Pantesco

The Bangkok Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant Monday for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and his wife Pojamarn on charges of stock trading violations. Thaksin has been living in exile since a bloodless military coup removed him from office last September. He has refused to return to Thailand to face …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Bangladeshi officials on Monday arrested former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia and her son on corruption and misuse of power charges, one day after another ex-PM was charged with taking bribes. Zia, who was in power until last October, is accused of failing to follow standard procedures in awarding a construction contract to a local …

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by Joshua Pantesco

Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari, who was released on bail from Iranian custody in August, obtained a passport from Tehran and left Iran Sunday night for an unknown destination, according to her lawyer. Esfandiari, an American citizen, is the director of the Middle East program at the US-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for …

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